On Wednesday, ten new coronavirus cases were reported, including, for the first time, two patients aged over 70.
Of the new cases, Gauci said two are women – 26 and 27-year-olds who went to Germany and Poland. They came through Berlin on March 11. They started showing symptoms on March 9 and immediately went under quarantine. As they had the symptoms while onboard the Berlin-Malta flight contact tracing is underway.
Another couple, Italians, both 43, who live in Malta were also confirmed cases.
They were not abroad but were in contact with someone who went abroad. The woman started showing symptoms on March 12 and the man the next day.
Another case is a woman, 48 who was in London and started showing symptoms on March 17. She was under quarantine and now so is her family.
Another two cases were related to the case reported on Tuesday about the woman admitted to hospital with a fracture. The authorities found that one man, 57, who was in a different ward tested positive.
The other patient who was in that ward is a 73-year-old man who also tested positive for coronavirus.
The elderly are the most vulnerable to coronavirus, but the patients, aged 70 and 73, are doing well.
The authorities have now tested all the other patients in that ward and the results came back negative. The ward was closed and the staff and patients are now under quarantine.
“We also continue testing patients,” Gauci said.
Another case is a Maltese man, 37. He showed symptoms on March 9 after having been in contact with a foreigner who had travelled to the UK. Contact tracing with his colleagues is continuing.
On Thursday, five more people have tested positive for coronavirus overnight, but while the numbers appear low, authorities are warning the peak has yet to come.
Case 1 – A Maltese woman, 56, who had a relative who also tested positive. She is part of a cluster of six patients. The woman did not have any contact with anyone else.
Case 2- A Maltese man, 29, who was in the UK between March 8 and 15, when he returned and began showing symptoms. This person abided by the rules stayed home upon his return.
Case 3 – A Spanish man, 33, who was in Madrid. He first showed symptoms on March 12. The person went to work for a couple of hours two days before he showed symptoms. No risk to colleagues.
Case 4 – A Maltese man, 35 who travelled to Brussels. He was under quarantine and so no risk of being exposed to others.
Case 5 -A Maltese man, 64, who is also a relative of someone else who tested positive. They travelled to the UK together but followed health precautions on their return and had no contact with others.
A 26-year-old woman is another case. She is part of a cluster of a total of four patients first reported a few days ago.
Today, Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci had reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, a new total of 64, the first case in Gozo and the first case with complications.
The man who has developed complications – the first in Malta – is aged 61, Gauci said. He developed bilateral pneumonia, an infection in both lungs, and although he is not in critical condition, he requires hospital treatment. His partner, aged 45, also tested positive. It is likely that the two of them were exposed to the virus via a work colleague who was abroad, Gauci said.
Gauci said that the man with complications is being kept in the Infectious Diseases Unit and needs to be given oxygen.
The first case Gauci spoke about today is that of a 69-year-old man who developed symptoms on 16 March, who had no travelling history or contact with people who had gone abroad. He is the first person from Gozo to contract the disease, Gauci said, and it is probable that he contracted the disease during a meeting he attended on 10 March.
A Maltese man, aged 63, tested positive after having been to northern Italy in the first week of March. He returned to Malta on 8 March, but stayed in quarantine since 11 March, the day when quarantine for people returning from abroad was made mandatory. The man developed symptoms on 14 March. He lives on his own and so the transmission of the disease to other people is limited, Gauci said.
Another man, aged 45, returned from Brazil via Istanbul, developing symptoms on the day of his return on 17 March. This meant that the health authorities need to carry out a contact tracing exercise to find out who was sitting in his proximity.
Gauci also gave details of two health care workers who tested positive. One is a 49-year-old woman who works in the private sector. She had no travel history and it is likely that she contracted the disease via local transmission. She developed the symptoms on 17 March. The second health care worker diagnosed today is of a 36-year-old woman who had come in contact with another health care worker who had tested positive in the past days. She has been in quarantine since 14 March.
A Maltese woman aged 71 who came in contact with tourists experienced symptoms on 16 March and has now tested positive, Gauci said. She is also the partner of another person who contracted Coronavirus.
Two foreigners who work in Malta also tested positive. A Spanish 54-year-old man who was in Madrid between 7 and 17 March developed symptoms on the day of his return, leading to a contact tracing exercise with regard to people who travelled with him back to Malta. He has been in quarantine since his return. An Indian man, aged 31, experienced symptoms on 15 March and has now tested positive; another three work colleagues of his already have the disease.
The last case listed today is that of the 30-year-old mother of the three-year-old boy who had tested positive in the past days, who is so far the youngest patient to be dioagnosed. In this case, there is a cluster of eight people who contracted the disease, Gauci said.